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Date: Sat, 19 Apr 1997 18:51:40 -0400
From: Will Bason <wbason@SWVA.NET> [Ecopsychology list]
Subject: Re: new weapon against malaria
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 10:18:04 -0400
From: Mark Graffis <ab758@VIRGIN.USVI.NET>
Subject: NEW ASSAULT ON MALARIA LEAD BY GUPPY FISH
Copyright © 1997 Agence France-Presse
NEW DELHI (April 18, 1997 08:55 a.m. EDT) - India has netted a new
ally to combat malaria -- the guppy fish, the Asian Age daily reported
Quoting the head of the country's Malaria Research Center, it said
that fish which eat mosquito larvae are being introduced into wells
and water tanks.
V.P. Sharma said the use of fish was part of efforts to move away from
relying on insecticides.
He said cases of malaria had been reduced 'dramatically' in parts of
the southern state of Karnataka with the help of the guppy and other
'Cases of malaria have dropped by 80 percent in 152 villages ...
within one year of introducing the guppy fish in tanks and wells,' he
Sharma added 190,000 guppy fish introduced in areas around the city of
Bangalore had helped bring the disease under control there.